ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Clean A Water Cooler- Cleaning A Water Cooler Couldn't Be Easier - Don't Use Your Water Cooler Until You Read

Updated on March 8, 2014
Another important reason to clean your water cooler.
Another important reason to clean your water cooler.

Water Cooler Quiz

Do you know how to clean a water cooler?

See results

Getting water right from your water cooler is convenient. The cost of clean water is worth the money and so is your family. Having a water cooler that dispenses water hot or cold with the security of knowing what your drinking is priceless.

Many people opt to buy a water cooler to save money on their daily water bottle purchases; but neglect to think about how the water system works. The very same water cooler that dispenses your clean water can be the very reason for viruses and sniffling noses.

Do you know you had to clean your water cooler?

Many of us have drank from water or drink dispensers and never gave a though about the last time it was cleaned. Water dispensers are all around us and even in our homes and many have been used for months or years without a thought of being cleaned.

Water coolers have elements that are warm and tubes that carry water; this combination is a playing ground for bacteria growth.

I know some may be intrigued about what they weren't aware of and some are just learning how important it is to clean their water cooler. No worries we are in this together.

What are pathogens?

Studies show that there are more bacteria found in water coolers than tap water. Simple neglect can cause nasty bacteria to breed in water coolers by water sitting between refills and improper cleanings. The reasoning is damp areas breed disease-causing organisms called pathogens.

Pathogens can be:

  • viruses
  • protozoa
  • bacteria

Waterborne pathogens cause diseases such as:

  • hepatitis
  • giardiasis

The Truth

The truth is bacteria grow fast in any place there is moisture. Just think of any damp area you may have seen mold.

  • bathrooms
  • basements

What you Need to Know about your Water Cooler

A slimey residue in your water cooler tubing called biofilm slime will be produced if your machine is not cleaned and bacteria is allowed to grow. When this happens, you are literally drinking bacteria ridden water and the growth of bacteria goes up every day; exposing you to health risk.

The most important thing you should know about your water cooler is how to clean it. Having one in your house is convenient and economical; but neglecting to clean it can mean health risk to you and your family.

How to Clean Your Water Cooler


Clean your water cooler every 6 weeks or after every bottle change

The first thing you have to do before putting in your new water bottle is clean the inside and outside of your water cooler. Mix a cap of bleach into a gallon of water to kill bacteria. Wash all parts in soapy warm water, sit in water bleach mix for 2 minutes, than rinse. Use cloth and bleach water mix to wipe down machine well before returning parts and adding new water.

Needed Supplies

  • 2 Caps of household bleach.
  • lint free rag.
  • 3 gallons of water.
  • 1 gallon plus bucket.
  • 2" paint brush

Instructions

  1. Unplug your machine and empty all water from each spicket.
  2. Depending on your water dispensers design you may be able to remove water cooler top that water bottle fits in and the
  3. Pour a gallon of water and 1 cap of bleach into the water cooler and allow to sit for 2 minutes or so. Be sure to let a little out to clean each outlet.
  4. Remove water spickets by twisting them counter clockwise to get them off. (Righty tighty lefty loosy)
  5. Wash all loose parts and water reservoir in front with soapy water.
  6. Sit in bleach water mix for 5 minutes.
  7. Empty all water out of the machine an repeat.
  8. Clean the outside of the machine well with a lint free damp cloth and use the paint brush too remove dust on the back.
  9. Replace parts and add water.
  10. Toss out a cup of water from each spicket. (Do not drink.)
  11. Taste water from each spicket. Remove another cup if needed..
  12. Enjoy!


According to your water cooler design you may have to alter how you take apart your machine. You can always Google instructions on cleaning your brand water cooler.

Hopefully you can see the importance of keeping your water cooler nice and clean. Water is too expensive to contaminate it yourself by ignorance. You no longer have to drink water that may be dirtier than tap water by only making a few changes.

I personally will clean my water cooler once a month and more often and anytime after it has been sitting.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Elearn4Life profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Matthews 

      4 years ago

      Thanks MsDora. When you see the slime that builds up you will stop drinking soda from the dispensers.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Revealing and useful. Thank you for this important eye opener.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)